Great Books Guide 2017: for children aged 0-3
The Great Books Guide is published as part of Children's Book Week, a celebration of reading for pleasure at school.
Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love.
These are perfect for parents and carers to share with younger children (3 and under) to get them hooked on books from an early age.
This is a bright, lively book, full of cheerful rhyme about the many different kinds of birds in the world. It is drawn with very distinct pop-art colours that really zing and grab your attention from the get-go.
Pat-a-Cake, illustrated by Mojca Dolinar
The visual black, white and red design of this lovely board book about transport will fascinate toddlers. It's been specially made with high contrasting colours and simple patterns to stimulate a baby's developing vision.
Fiona Watt, Illustrated by Stella Baggott
Each colourful page in this lovely interactive book is bursting with new words and fun games to help young readers learn about different shops and what can be found within them. A great tool to help children learn new vocabulary.
Jorg Muhle, illustrated by Eve Erikson and translated from German by Catherine Chidgey
It's Little Rabbit's bathtime, but he's going to need some help! Everything about this book is deliciously simple and sweet. Since it's lightly interactive, it's also a nice way to give control back to the child if the bedtime routine is becoming another battle.
Hodder Children’s Books
As a group of exuberant bunnies dance, sing, make music and generally have lots of fun, a fox watches them from afar. The rhyming text skips along and is complemented by joyous illustrations, full of warmth, colour and humour.
It's time to go swimming, and everyone has a different swimming suit. The quirky twist is that all the keen swimmers are... Items of fruit! This book is very, very silly but has oodles of charm, with an underlying message about difference and having fun.
Kiki and Bobo have decided to go to the seaside for the day. A lovely book with bright, welcoming illustrations and clever lift-the-flaps. The perfect read for holidays.
Lois searches for her best friend Bob the Budgie in this retro-style lift-the-flap book that both grown-ups and little ones will enjoy.
Abrams with photographs by Molly Magnuson and book design by Alyssa Nassner
Babies can be sad, angry, happy, surprised and silly – can you tell which is which? A fun and absorbing game of "Snap", this book encourages little ones to study faces and think about feelings and how to identify them from a very young age.
A small child takes us on an auditory tour of her home in this delightful picture of family life, ingeniously interpreted through its sounds. It's a book that radiates comfort, security, warmth and love.
Super Rabbit – complete with cape and mask – isn't little. He fights supervillains! But when he gets a splinter (otherwise known as a Super Sword) stuck in his finger, he needs his mum to help him out. Bright and funny and perfect for little heroes.
There's a bear parade and every bear you can imagine is there! This lovely singsong text has a rhythm reminiscent of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. It brims with alliteration and internal rhyme and is incredibly fun to read aloud.